*Learn the five stages in the Reader Journey.
*Identify where your blockages are and how to fix them.
*Optimize each stage to increase conversion.
*Boost sales by making the process more frictionless.
*Build an army of passionate readers who do the selling for you.
It's not enough to know who your Ideal Readers are, you also need to imagine how they feel when a recommendation email arrives containing your cover. You must figure out why they hesitated before clicking the Buy button. And it's crucial to determine why they liked your book enough to finish it... but not sufficiently to recommend it to their friends.
The Reader Journey is a new marketing paradigm that maps out the journey your Ideal Readers take in their transformation from strangers to superfans.
David Gaughran is Irish and lives in Dublin, where it rains every day and conversation is a sport. He is the author of the historical adventures Liberty Boy, Mercenary & A Storm Hits Valparaiso, and has helped thousands of authors to self-publish their work via his workshops, blog, and popular writers' books. Visit DavidGaughran.com to sign up to his mailing list.
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Dublin has been on a knife-edge since the failed rebellion in July, and Jimmy O'Flaherty suspects a newcomer to The Liberties - Kitty Doyle - is mixed up in it. She accuses him of spying for the English, and he thinks she's a reckless troublemaker.
All Jimmy wants is to earn enough coin to buy passage to America. But when the English turn his trading patch into a gallows, Jimmy finds himself drawn into the very conflict he's spent his whole life avoiding.
"Liberty Boy is a riveting tale of an overlooked rebellion, told from the perspective of the streets, with gifted dialogue that is more heard than read and unexpected twists that leave you breathless from first page to last." - Cindy Vallar, Historical Novel Society Review.
Keywords: historical fiction, historical novel, literary fiction, fiction, ebook, history, 19th century, 18th century, ireland, irish, history, robert emmett, united irishmen, adventure, rebellion, dublin, british, britain, england, love, war
In Honduras, he begins a quiet new life. But trouble has a way of finding Christmas. With unrest sweeping the countryside, he's kidnapped by bandits. Soon, he finds himself taking sides in an all-out civil war--as leader of the rebellion.
MERCENARY is the story of the USA's most famous soldier of fortune: the hard-drinking drifter who changed the fate of a nation.
Praise for MERCENARY:
"Highly recommended to readers of adventure fiction and history, as well as anyone interested in American adventurism and meddling in Latin America."--Wall Street Journal and USA Todaybestselling author Michael Wallace.
"Lee Christmas led a roaring life on and off the battlefield. Gaughran's great, fast-paced read keeps you right alongside all his exploits."--Richard Sutton, author of The Red Gate.
Keywords: historical fiction, historical novel, literary fiction, fiction, ebook, history, 19th century, 20th century, adventure, rebellion, love, war, military, new orleans, USA, america, honduras, central america, latin america, banana republic, banana companies, el pulpo, united fruit, lee christmas, mercenaries, dictators, soldiers of fortune
The title story is set in Caslav, a small town 60 miles east of Prague, Czech Republic. Jiri Beranek is drawn to a nearby forest, captivated by birds hidden high in the trees. Each time he enters, his desire to see the mysterious creatures is checked by his fear of the dark. When he finally forces himself to go farther, he finds a new reason to be afraid. This story was first published by The Delinquent (UK) then selected by Short Story America for inclusion in their anthology of their best stories of 2010.
The bonus story - The Reset Button - is set in Stockholm, Sweden in the depths of winter. Linus Eriksson, a divorced bachelor living alone in his small one-bedroom apartment, is a man with a memory problem: instead of not being able to remember anyone, nobody can remember him. This story is brand new, exclusively available in this e-book.
These two creepy tales have a combined length of 4,000 words, or around 16 book pages.
Praise for If You Go Into The Woods:
"There are definite shades of HP Lovecraft in both stories... punchy, entertaining reads with a bit of mental gymnastics thrown in, you can't go wrong with this one." -- Jenny Mounfield, The Compulsive Reader, author of The Ice-cream Man
"Two very well-constructed and thought-provoking tales from an author I know I will be keeping my eyes on. 4.5 stars." --Heather L. Faville, Doubleshot Reviews
"This is the most professional design - both inside and out - that I have seen since I started reviewing at Sift. The writing in this story is top-notch. The writer has a strong, clean voice. He's able to sustain an air of mystery and suspense without it feeling cheap." -- Sarah Nicolas, SIFT Book Reviews
"I heartily recommend this masterful piece of work to any and all that thoroughly enjoy the art of the word, and especially to those that have a special place in their hearts for short stories, as I believe this to be a fabulous exponent of the genre." LE Olteano, Butterfly Books
Literary Fiction | Short Story | Short Stories | Slipstream
But when Dr. Peters discovers the reason behind the cancer link with GM food, but it's so crazy, he barely believes it himself.
TRANSFECTION is a 5,700 word, 23-page old-school science fiction short story, starring a molecular biologist who makes a discovery that shocks the world, only to find his life under threat. It takes in militant vegans, corruption, homelessness, university politics, radiation, the celebrity-obsessed media, and a shadowy conspiracy.
PRAISE FOR TRANSFECTION:
"I laughed out loud at some of the antics as I was reading. Transfection is well worth the price-tag...yet another well written and, dare I say again, thought provoking, tale from David Gaughran.." --Heather L. Faville, Doubleshot Reviews
"Well written...a polished product." -- TC, Booked Up Reviews
"Very strong images...a haunting quality...I totally did not expect that ending. I really didn't see it coming...I recommend this to people who enjoy well written sci-fi.." -- LE Olteano, Butterfly Books.
Science Fiction | SF | Short Story | Genetic Engineering | GMO